Take Me To The Moon - Facts And Info About Our Nearest Neighbour

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Student submitted questions about the moon to test your knowledge. Use whatever resources you have available (e. G. A knowledgable person, the internet, or books) and see if you can answer these questions correctly.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    If you can jump 3 feet high (92 centimeters) on the Earth, how high could you jump on the Moon?

    • A.

      Just over 18 feet (about 5½ meters).

    • B.

      2 feet [ 60 cm]

    • C.

      1 foot [30 cm]

    • D.

      7 foot [ 2.1 m]

    Correct Answer
    A. Just over 18 feet (about 5½ meters).
    Explanation
    How high can you jump on the Moon?
    The gravitational field of the Moon at its surface only

    162.2 cm/sec/sec
    ----------------- = 0.16
    983 cm /sec/sec
    or about 1/6th of what we feel on the surface of Earth in terms of the acceleration of gravity, so this means that for the same energy expended, you should be able to jump about 6 times higher. I can jump about 20 inches, so that means on the Moon I could jump 6 x 20 = 120 inches or 10 feet straight up!
    http://www.astronomycafe.net/qadir/q1247.html
    http://www.daviddarling.info/childrens_encyclopedia/Moon_QA.html

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  • 2. 

    Who was the first person on the moon?

    • A.

      Elmo

    • B.

      Neil Armstrong

    • C.

      Buzz Lightyear

    • D.

      Buzz Aldron

    Correct Answer
    B. Neil Armstrong
    Explanation
    http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/9-12/index.html

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  • 3. 

    How far is the moon from the earth?a)  384,400 kmb) 100,000 kmc) 500,000 kmd) 345,123 km

    • A.

      384,400 km

    • B.

      100,000 km

    • C.

      500,000 km

    • D.

      345,123 km

    Correct Answer
    A. 384,400 km
    Explanation
    http://www.solarviews.com/eng/moon.htm

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  • 4. 

    Why is there no air on the moon?

    • A.

      Gases are drawn away from the moon by the earth's gravity.

    • B.

      There once were gases, but they turned to stone in the cold lunar nights.

    • C.

      Gases are lost to space because of the moon's low gravity.

    • D.

      There never were any gases on the moon.

    Correct Answer
    C. Gases are lost to space because of the moon's low gravity.
    Explanation
    Experiments performed by Apollo astronauts were able to confirm that the moon does have a very thin atmosphere.

    The Moon has an atmosphere, but it is very tenuous. Gases in the lunar atmosphere are easily lost to space. Because of the Moon's low gravity, light atoms such as helium receive sufficient energy from solar heating that they escape in just a few hours. Heavier atoms take longer to escape, but are ultimately ionized by the Sun's ultraviolet radiation, after which they are carried away from the Moon by solar wind.
    Because of the rate at which atoms escape from the lunar atmosphere, there must be a continuous source of particles to maintain even a tenuous atmosphere. Sources for the lunar atmosphere include the capture of particles from solar wind and the material released from the impact of comets and meteorites. For some atoms, particularly helium and argon, outgassing from the Moon's interior may also be a source.

    http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/weekly/4Page26.pdf
    http://lunarscience.arc.nasa.gov/kids/moon_air

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  • 5. 

    How often are the Earth, Moon and Sun in a straight line?

    • A.

      2 weeks

    • B.

      2 days

    • C.

      4 weeks

    • D.

      1 day

    Correct Answer
    A. 2 weeks
    Explanation
    When the Moon, earth and Sun are in a straight line, their gravitational fields act together, causing king tides. These occur every two weeks, as the moon revolves around the Earth.

    Eclipses (solar or lunar) occur when the Earth, Moon and Sun are in an almost exact straight line. They're sort of in a straight line every new and full Moon, but because the plane of the Moon's orbit around the Earth is slightly tilted relative to the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, they don't usually line up exactly enough to make an eclipse.

    http://www.llun.net/astronomy/MoonEarthSun.html

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  • 6. 

    How thick is the crust of the Moon?

    • A.

      71 km

    • B.

      65 km

    • C.

      70 km

    • D.

      68 km

    Correct Answer
    D. 68 km
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 68 km. The crust of the Moon is approximately 68 km thick. This is based on scientific studies and data collected from lunar missions. The Moon's crust is composed of various types of rock and is thinner compared to the Earth's crust. Understanding the thickness of the Moon's crust is important for studying its geological history and formation processes.

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  • 7. 

    Where does the moon come from?

    • A.

      It was aways there

    • B.

      As a result of a massive earthquake part of Earth broke off on became the moon.

    • C.

      The moon was an asteroid that was caught inEarth's gravitational field.

    • D.

      A small planet hit Earth. The rebound brought with it enough material into orbit around our planet to form the moon.

    Correct Answer
    D. A small planet hit Earth. The rebound brought with it enough material into orbit around our planet to form the moon.
    Explanation
    Many astronomers think that the Moon was formed after a Mars-sized object smashed into Earth over four and a half billion years ago. This collision caused material from both Earth and the colliding object to be thrown into orbit around Earth. This material eventually gathered together to form the Moon. At first the Moon was closer to Earth than it is now. Over time, it gradually moved farther away. The Moon is still moving away from Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches or 3.8 centimeters a year.

    http://lunarscience.arc.nasa.gov/kids/moonform

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  • 8. 

    How old is the moon?

    • A.

      9.7 trillion years

    • B.

      4.5 billion years

    • C.

      12 years

    • D.

      5.4 billion years

    Correct Answer
    B. 4.5 billion years
    Explanation
    By studying data from rocks that the Apollo astronauts brought back from the Moon, scientists have found that the Moon is about four and a half billion years old, which makes it about the same age as Earth. The rocks to the right are among the oldest rocks brought back from the Moon.

    http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/time/moon/facts.htm

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  • 9. 

    What was the Roman goddess of the moon's name?     

    • A.

      Aries the moon goddess

    • B.

      Sisals the moon goddess

    • C.

      Diana the moon goddess

    • D.

      Amanda a moon goddess

    Correct Answer
    C. Diana the moon goddess
    Explanation
    his evening the waxing crescent Moon will have aged by three days since its conjunction with the Sun. About one-eighth of its apparent disc will be well illuminated. The rest of it should be detectable due to earthshine. Artists and philosophers have long deemed this to be the most pleasing shape of the Moon.

    The three-day-old Moon has traditionally been known as Diana's Bow (as in bow & arrow.) Diana was a beautiful virgin goddess in the ancient Roman pantheon (Artemis to the Greeks.) She was believed to rule both hunting and the Moon. Hence, her using a crescent Moon as a bow for her arrow combines aspects of her two domains. In Disney's 1940 classic animated feature, Fantasia, she is depicted in just that pose.

    http://cs.astronomy.com/asycs/forums/p/13795/271002.aspx

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  • 10. 

    Roughly how long does it take for the moon to finish its cycle?

    • A.

      Half a year

    • B.

      Decade

    • C.

      Month

    • D.

      Year

    Correct Answer
    C. Month
    Explanation
    The moon takes roughly a month to complete its cycle. This is known as the lunar month or the synodic month. During this time, the moon goes through its different phases, starting from the new moon, then waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and finally waning crescent before starting the cycle again. Each phase lasts for about a week, resulting in a total cycle of approximately 29.5 days.

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